On the trail of nature’s treasures

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Looking for a cheap and fun activity for the kids over Easter? writes George Hogg (Hogg Estate Services)

Following on from the success of their August Nature Trail last year, Torness Power Station is running an Easter Nature Trail opening on Good Friday, March 25.

The trail begins in the visitor centre where there will be fun activities for kids. Then you can take your leaflet and map and set off on a treasure hunt with a difference.

The difference is these treasures are real. Can you stand still, close your eyes and listen for the serenade of the skylark?

You will recognise it easily enough as it is the bird which sings from the skies and never stops to draw breath.

If there is one thing I would love to be responsible for it is ensuring you do not go through life never having truly listened to that iconic sound of the Scottish countryside.

And now that you are in the zone and aware of natural sights and sounds all around, can you see the wee bird with the black head and white collar atop that whin bush?

Back at the Visitor Centre you can write you sightings on the records board for other explorers to see.

I am hopeful at least one young explorer will have discovered much more on the trail.

If even one youngster develops a life long interest nature from their experience, my involvement with the initiative will have been more than worthwhile.

Torness Easter Nature Trail begins Friday, March 25 and runs throughout April. The visitor centre is open Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm.